I recently inherited a gilded mirror in need of repairs. One side of the decorative plaster was broken into about 20 pieces. I am determined to repair it myself, relying on my crafty and obsessive nature instead of actual skills!
I bought some plaster from the hardware store and just ordered something called PoYo Putty in order to make silicone molds of the fruits and flowers from the unbroken side. How cool is this stuff! Once the putty arrives, I plan to create new plaster for the other side, smooth everything down with a dremel tool and give the whole mirror a fresh gilding. I think I'll hang the mirror somewhere in the hall when it is done.
How exciting! I feel like a real antique restorer already!